Power converters for El Salvador

What is a power converter for El Salvador?

A power converter for El Salvador enables travellers to use a 220-240 volt electrical device with a 115 volt Salvadoranf power outlet.

Also known as: electrical converter, electrical transformer, voltage converter, power transformer or voltage transformer.

What is the difference between a plug adapter and a power converter for El Salvador?

A cheap, small and lightweight power adapter (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your appliance to fit into a power outlet in El Salvador, but a heavier and more expensive power converter [3] will transform a 115 volt Salvadoranf power outlet to work with a non-115 volt appliance.

Do I need a power converter for El Salvador?

If travelling to El Salvador from a different country please ensure that your device can accept a 115 volt power supply.

  • You need a step up power converter [4] if you are travelling from a country that uses 220-240 volts and your appliance isn't compatible with 115 volts. Read the list of world power outlets guide to discover the voltage your country uses.
  • You won't need a power converter if you are already using either a 115 volt single voltage device or one that is dual voltage.
  • Typically, electrical devices which originate from another country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts and then used with 115 volts may take longer to charge or won't power up. If your device charges slowly or does not power up when you are visiting El Salvador from a different region then check that it can be used with a 115 volt power supply or you will need a step up power converter [4].
  • You shouldn't need a converter if you need to recharge a smaller electrical device such as a tablet or cell phone as these are typically support dual voltage and designed for international use, however you should always check the device for dual voltage support first.
  • For supplying power to high wattage appliances or generate heat (such as curling irons and hair dryers) then you will need to use a bulkier higher wattage heavy duty power converter [5].
  • Investing a smaller lightweight dual voltage travel appliance might be more cost effective and practical than bringing a much heavier power converter in order to use your existing domestic appliance in El Salvador.
  • For more information read these travel guides on how to use clothes irons, curling wands, hairdryers and hair straighteners in El Salvador , along with guides for affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Will I need a power converter for El Salvador if I'm from America?

You won't need to bring a power converter as the voltage from a Salvadoranf power outlet is in the same 100-120 volt range as America.

What converter do I need for El Salvador?

If you wish to use any 220-240 volt appliance with a 115 volt Salvadoranf power outlet you will need to use a step up power converter [4].

How to convert 115 volts to 220 volts

  1. Use a step up power converter [4] to allow you to use 220, 230 and 240 volt appliances with a 115 volt Salvadoranf power outlet.
  2. If the power converter doesn't include the correct shaped plug then it will also be necessary to plug in the power cord from the power converter into a power adapter for El Salvador before plugging that into a Salvadoranf power outlet.
  3. Some power converters include the ability to perform both step up and step down voltage conversions, therefore it may be necessary to manually switch the converter to output the voltage from 220-240v.
  4. Plug your appliance into the converter and turn the power on, your 220-240 volt appliance can now be used with a 115 volt Salvadoranf power outlet.
What is the difference between a converter and a power transformer?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a converter and a power transformer?

Converters and transformers are both used to change one voltage to another, but this ambiguity can cause confusion as their purposes are different:

  • Power converters are designed for simple electrical appliances which typically generate heat or use motors such as clothes irons, shavers or hair dryers. Transformers are designed for more complex electronic items such as televisions or games consoles.
  • Buying a power converter is cheaper than buying a power transformer.
  • Power transformers are larger and heavier making them more suited for permanent residential use; for example an expat wishing to use an imported television would need to use a transformer for this purpose.
  • Power converters are more suitable for travellers wishing to bring domestic appliances abroad such as hair dryers or flat irons. However, it is more practical and cost effective to purchase a dual voltage appliance designed for travel rather than a heavier power converter.
  • Power converters are suitable for 2 pin ungrounded appliances, it could be harder to find a converter if you want to use a grounded 3 pin appliance.
  • Transformers can be used constantly however it is recommended that converters are used for no longer than a couple of hours at a time.
  • Shops may sell transformers under the name of converters, for the purposes this guide we will be referring to both converters and transformers as converters.

What voltage does El Salvador use?

El Salvador uses 115 volts in their normal power outlets.

What voltage is my device?

Single voltage hair dryer

What voltage is my device?

The best way to see if a device is dual voltage is to check for a sticker on the charger or on the appliance itself, normally on the rear of the unit or near to where the power cord plugs into. This location might vary depending on the make and model of your device but could also be written on the box.

  • Single voltage devices could have a specific number - such as 110V.
  • Single voltage devices could also have a small voltage range (around 20 volts) with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 220-240V.
  • Dual voltage devices will normally say a large range separated with a slash - such as 100/240V.

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_Salvador - Salvadoranf Wikipedia web page.
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Power converter - A step up step down power converter converts 110-120 volts up to 220-240 volts and 220-240 volts down to 110-120 Volts.
  4. Step up power converter - A step up power converter allows a 220-240 volt appliance to be used in a 100-120 volt power outlet.
  5. Heavy duty power converter - A 5000 watt heavy duty step up and step down power converter used to convert voltages for domestic appliances, power tools, televisions, heating appliances and motors.
  6. Step down power converter - A step down power converter allows a 100-120 volt appliance to be used in a 220-240 volt power outlet.